Dimitar Berbatov does not believe Gareth Bale will return to Tottenham despite recent links as his Real Madrid contract runs down.
Gareth Bale’s high profile return to Tottenham on loan last season did not go as expected. While the forward contributed decently with goals and assists, his impact was questioned as he lacked the necessary impetus in big games during the campaign.
While his final day goals are why Tottenham qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League, it was not enough for both sides to be convinced of extending their union. Later, Bale made some comments which stirred the pot by the end of the campaign, as he returned to Real Madrid to finish his contract.
Bale is in the last year of his deal with the Merengues, and he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season. However, since the completion of the takeover of Newcastle United, Bale started getting linked with the Magpies. The Real Madrid misfit is uninterested in moving to St. James’ Park, although it is unclear where his next destination could be.
Recent reports have suggested that new Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has requested the club to re-sign Bale, possibly in January, as Real Madrid might let him go on the cheap. However, he had established himself in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans before picking up his injury in September, and he might well still feature once he is back.
Former Tottenham and Manchester United ace Dimitar Berbatov thinks Bale may not return to the north London side. The Bulgarian’s comments in an interview with Betfair appeared on MARCA, with Berbatov reckoning that the Welshman would see out his contract at Real Madrid than making another return to Spurs.
Berbatov said, “I see that Gareth Bale has been linked with another return. He started slowly the last time he was at Spurs. Everybody was excited, but he did start slowly. There was the improvement in his performances.”
“I must say I expected more, but overall it was satisfying seeing him back in a Spurs shirt. Is he coming back? Honestly, I don’t think he would like to go back. I think he would like to see his contract with Real Madrid finish and then decide what to do.”
Whether Bale indeed chooses to stay put at Real Madrid till the end of the season remains to be seen. For now, his career is headed nowherem, and the former Tottenham forward will be eager to get back to action once he is fully fit.